Support for Children with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic, or lifelong, condition. But a child who follows the treatment plan consistently can reduce the severity and frequency of symptoms.

Learning to manage IBS can be a challenge for many children and families. At the Sala Institute for Child and Family Centered Care, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, our doctors and specialists connect you with support services that can keep your child’s treatment on track.

Nutritional Support

Our registered dietitians offer nutritional guidance and education to teach children with IBS to make the best food choices and avoid triggering symptoms, such as abdominal pain and diarrhea. Our experts can develop a customized food plan and offer suggestions about where to find the freshest, healthiest foods.

Stress Management

Our team of gastroenterologists can refer your child to a behavioral therapist at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital. This expert may use hypnotherapy or other techniques to control your child’s level of stress, which can worsen IBS symptoms such as pain and discomfort.

Emotional Support

Our counselors can help children with IBS to cope with the anxiety and frustration that often accompany this condition. Our counselors can also work with you to develop strategies to reduce the risk of having uncomfortable symptoms occur during school and in other public places. Our social workers can speak with your child’s teacher if his or her attendance has been adversely affected by the frequent occurrence of IBS symptoms.

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